Chumbawamba is back, armed with acoustic guitars, accordion and
trumpet, five-part harmonies, a bucketful of attitude and a new 25-track album called “The Boy Bands Have Won.” It actually has a much longer title than that (see cover for full title), but let's call it by its pseudonym. The new album is a collection of such ideas; some are just passing thoughts, others are fully-formed songs. It's gentle and warm in tone, but caustic in intent. It plays with culture, with the idea of recycling our own culture. We all have this vast history of ?stuff', musical and historical and in art and sport and politics and a million other things. And it's all there for the taking. Featuring guests the Oysterband, Roy Bailey, Robb Johnson, Barry Coope and Jim Boyes... and a hundred others, give or take a few.
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Formed in a squat in Leeds, England in 1982, the media-proclaimed "anarchist pop group" Chumbawamba has been anything but a typical "pop group." They've been criss-crossing genres and raising hell via their benefit shows, topical lyrics, and general activist ways in a most "unpop" manner for over 20 years. Never mind their improbable fame that came about from their international hit "Tubthumping" in 1997... Whether they are in electric or acoustic form, this group remains true to their beliefs and still graces their audience with their righteous message, all intertwined in those instantly familiar Chumbawamba four-part harmonies and catchy choruses.